God is the King of all the earth. Psalm 47:7
Words: From the Cluniac Breviary, 1686, page 506 (Supreme Rector coelitum). Translated from Latin to English by William J. Blew in The Church Hymn and Tune Book (London: Francis & John Rivington, 1852), Ember weeks section, number 8.
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O King most high of earth and sky,
On prostrate Death Thou treadest;
And with Thy blood dost mark the road
Whereby to Heav’n Thou leadest.
Lord of our love, enthroned above,
Beside th’Almighty Father,
Thou wilt not leave Thy flock to grieve,
But to Thyself wilt gather.
O Christ, behold Thine orphaned fold,
Which Thou hast borne with anguish,
Steeped in the tide from Thy rent side—
O leave us not to languish.
The glorious gain of all Thy pain
Henceforth dost Thou inherit;
Now comes the hour, then greatly shower
On us Thy promised Spirit.
Jesu, to Thee all glory be,
With Sire, and Spirit ascending;
Thy throne doth stand at God’s right hand,
Through ages without ending.